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Media and responsibility

THE rightly-acclaimed fourth pillar of democracy, the media, appeared to be crumbling with what had happened recently on a private news channel. The episode that comprised the ‘hard talk’ was in fact a farce: a planned and planted programme by ‘interviewers’ for bailing out their guest for some ulterior motives. One is at a loss […]


The show of all shows

A ‘show’ is always a show. It is a display, an act, a make-believe scenario if you will, mixed and laced with some reality, but a show nevertheless. The recent development in the Pakistani current affairs talk shows is a compelling testimony for my usual abstinence from this mind numbing and perhaps, mind-‘dumbing’ exercise. Anytime […]


Bidding farewell: David Martin says he will miss ‘gates’ and Express TV

KARACHI: After spending three years, British Council Pakistan’s director, David Martin, bid farewell with a strong message of faith for his host country. “I see Pakistanis losing faith and I know it’s saddening,” he said while talking to The Express Tribune. “But of what I have seen of this country during my time here, Pakistan […]


Petition seeking probe into media scandal disposed off

LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial on Monday disposed of a petition as withdrawn, seeking directions for inquiry against those who were involved in the media scandal disclosed by real estate tycoon Malik Riaz. The chief justice appreciated the role of the media in creating awareness among the people and observed […]


Suspension of television channel’s licence sought

ISLAMABAD: Against the backdrop of the controversy revolving around an off-air interaction between two television anchors and property tycoon Malik Riaz, the Supreme Court has been requested through a petition to order suspension of the licence of the private television channel that has aired the interview. Advocate Maulvi Iqbal Haider has urged the court to […]


Time for media to hold itself accountable

By Mazhar Abbas In the backdrop of the ongoing media war, controversies and accusations ‘of the media, by the media and on the media’, revolving around senior journalists (myself included) and TV anchors, enforcement of existing national and global media ethics is required. There is the Meher Bokhari and Mubashar Lucman leaked interview and then […]


Media and the judiciary in a crisis of credibility?

By Raza Rumi Extraordinary things have happened in the past few days. Pakistan’s better-known crony capitalist Mr Malik Riaz levelled allegations against the son of the sitting chief justice. The instrument used to transact this frontal attack was the media, which now stands divided. One section of the media comprises loyalists of the CJP, who […]


TV leaks: Veterans’ tips for anchors

Amir Wasim ISLAMABAD: The leaked video footage of two TV anchors featuring their controversial conversation with property tycoon Malik Riaz has not only put credibility of journalists under a cloud, but also raised a question why cameras and recording devices remain operational during commercial breaks and informal discussions in TV programmes. Background interviews with a […]


TV leaks: Veterans’ tips for anchors

Amir Wasim ISLAMABAD: The leaked video footage of two TV anchors featuring their controversial conversation with property tycoon Malik Riaz has not only put credibility of journalists under a cloud, but also raised a question why cameras and recording devices remain operational during commercial breaks and informal discussions in TV programmes. Background interviews with a […]


Geo/Jang Group moves SC to form independent commission

ISLAMABAD: Geo Network and Jang Group will file a petition today in the Supreme Court which asks for an independent commission to investigate the allegations against the media as well as undue sources of influence on freedom of speech by Pemra and Information Ministry. The petition says the judiciary and media have been doing work […]


The menace in media

The events of the last week that have come to be known as ‘FamilyGate’ and ‘BahriaGate’ have given rise to a new gate yesterday: MediaGate. In a document printed on a Bahria Town letterhead, 19 journalists and media personnel have allegedly received kickbacks and bribes from Malik Riaz. On the heels of that startling but […]


Media war takes eye off hard times

Khawar Ghumman ISLAMABAD: The airing of an off camera discussion between two talk show hosts and a property tycoon has instigated a war of sorts between news channel as Dunya recovered from Thursday’s embarrassment and launched an attack on a rival. Mehr Bokhari and Mubashir Lucman, who till recently worked with Dunya News, were shown […]


Judges see plot to malign superior courts

Nasir Iqbal ISLAMABAD: The hotly-debated controversy surrounding the leaked footage of an off-camera interaction between two anchors of a private television channel and property tycoon Malik Riaz was taken up on Friday by the Supreme Court which set up a two-judge committee to look into the possibility of initiating a contempt proceeding. A full court […]


The day media itself got embroiled in scandal

Amir Wasim ISLAMABAD: Malik Riaz strode on to the national political scene vowing to expose the court but he has ended up facilitating an expose of the media, the climax of which came with the release of footage in which two talk show hosts interacted with the property tycoon in a manner that suggested an […]